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Former Leicester pastor loses battle with cancer

By Clint Parker

Leicester – A minister of the Gospel in the Leicester community for 24 years, Rev. Lee Davis was a man of conviction about his message and his life. Davis, 58, a Marion, North Carolina native, lost a battle with cancer on March 21.

As an old-fashioned, independent Baptist preacher, he was known for the animated and energetic delivery of his messages to his congregation. Davis was the pastor of Georgetown Baptist Church, where he ministered to a growing congregation before he left and went on to pastor in Alabama.

The amount of love for Davis as a pastor and man of conviction can easily be seen in the number of messages left on his obituary page and what those messages said. Here are just a few:
“I always loved to hear Brother Lee preach,” said Scott and Denise Cable.
Brittany Murdock, wrote, “One of my all-time favorite preachers! God used him so much to minister to my soul. Praying for his sweet family!!“
“Preacher Davis was a true man of God and preached the word like I believe God intended. He was our pastor at Georgetown for several years and helped my family through some trying times!! I know that he is in the presence of God,” said Jim and Dawn Begley of Leicester.

Fellow minister in the Gospel, Rev. Luther Spivey, of Gospel radio station WKJV, and a friend of Davis, said, “What a great man of God and a wonderful Preacher and dear Brother in Christ. Greatness is a quality of the inner person. Greatness is found in what we are rather than what we have. Greatness is a quality of the heart, mind and soul. I appreciate my friend Lee Davis, his humility, honesty, and the Holy Bible that made him the man of God he is. He lived his life by the Grace of God,”

Rev. Dennis Lanning considered Davis a mentor saying, “Brother Lee was my radio pastor. I heard him every Sunday morning as I drove to the church that I pastored. I always got something from his preaching that helped me.”

From his obituary: On Saturday, March 21, 2020, Pastor Donald “Lee” Davis went to be with his Savior after a long battle with cancer. He was born on February 5, 1962, in Marion, North Carolina, at McDowell Hospital.

Lee accepted the Lord as his Savior at 11 years old at North Cove Baptist Church in Marion, North Carolina. He was called to preach at the age of 19 and gave his life to the ministry. Lee pastored Bethlehem Baptist Church in Old Fort, North Carolina and Roland’s Chapel in Marion, North Carolina, before the Lord led him to Georgetown Baptist Church in Leicester, North Carolina, where he pastored for 24 years. He concluded his ministry with the loving people of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Dennis, Mississippi. He spent many years of his life traveling to preach and mentoring people across the United States.

Above all else, his family was his greatest joy. He was married to his best friend and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. The greatest gifts that he gave them were unconditional love and constant laughter.

Lee leaves behind his loving bride of 39 years, Vicki Davis; his six children, Leah Helton and her husband Josh, Jonathan Davis and wife Kelsey, Matthew Davis and wife Grace, Joshua Davis, Bethany Davis, and Anna Davis. He is survived by seven grandchildren, Adaya Helton, Adalin Helton, Hayden Davis, Eveanna Davis, Kennedy Davis, Abishai Davis, and Oaklynn Davis; dad, Gary Wilson; siblings, Lisa Bates and her husband Buddy, Joanna McPeters and her husband Jerry, and Allen Wilson and his wife Christy; along with many nieces and nephews.

Lee was preceded in death by his mother, Gloria Wilson; his father, Fred Davis; one child and two grandchildren.

A private burial will be held with family in the coming days. Due to COVID-19, a celebration of life will be held at a later date in which the family would love to have all friends and family present to celebrate the life and ministry of this great man.

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